Addressing Climate Resiliency: One Institutional Green Roof at a Time

As climate unpredictability swells, institutions are exploring a variety of solutions that invest in long-term climate resiliency. Increased precipitation, along with hotter, drier summers mean higher rates of flooding and heat-related illness in our urban cores. Leading the charge on mitigation and adaptation strategies in the face of climate change are local institutions that have invested in improving campus and community resiliency. Representatives from Boston University, Harvard Business School, and Higher Ground Farm will explain why investing in green roofs is a smart strategy for institutions, and the role green roofs play in advancing climate goals related to stormwater management, climate education, and more. Benefits and challenges of green roof installation will be included in the panel discussion, facilitated by design-build firm Recover Green Roofs.

Session Chair(s): 

Event Time: 

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Experience Level: 

1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.5 LU/HSW
MA CSL 1.5 hours, Energy
AICP (American Planning Association) 1.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Define climate resiliency and list three of the benefits of green roofs in improving resiliency. Identify key considerations and challenges related to implementing green roofs on new and existing buildings.
  • Understand the installation and buildup of different green roof systems, and how each system can be leveraged to achieve desired benefits (maximizing stormwater retention, food production, etc.).
  • Provide specific examples of green roof projects around Boston and how each project addresses institutional climate resiliency goals.
  • Explain how green roofs relate to other institutional climate resiliency projects such as solar, permeable pavement, sustainable food practices, and building energy efficiency upgrades.

Session ID: 

BOS20-213v